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Berlin after dark

Once the sun sinks to the west of the German capital, the real fun starts (very often in the former East). Use this guide to zero in on the best of Berlin’s ever-varied night-time venues, as well as a selection of dinner spots and late-opening attractions. Finish with a bar hop focused on one exciting neighbourhood.
The Fernsehturm above the banks of the Spree
COMPILED BY RORY GOULDING, WITH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM ANDREA SCHULTE-PEEVERS. PHOTOGRAPHS: PETER FORSBERG/ALAMY, MARKUS LANGE/MAURITIUS/SUPERSTOCK

SIGHTS

Fernsehturm ££

(tv-turm.de; Panoramastrasse 1a)

The TV Tower has soared 368m high since 1969 and is as iconic to Berlin as the Eifel Tower is to Paris. On clear days, views are stunning from the panorama level or from the restaurant, which makes one turn per hour. To shorten the wait, buy a timed ticket online before your visit – the tower is open until midnight.

Jüdisches Museum £

(jmberlin.de; Lindenstrasse 9–14)

One of the city’s latest-opening museums (to 10pm Mondays, 8pm otherwise), the landmark Jewish Museum designed by Daniel Libeskind chronicles the trials and triumphs in 2,000 years of Jewish life in Germany.

Reichstag

(bundestag.de; Platz der Republik)

The most distinctive feature of the 1894 Reichstag building, home to the German parliament again since 1999, is Norman Foster’s glittering glass dome, with fabulous 360-degree city views until midnight. For guaranteed access, make reservations online, otherwise pick up tickets at the Reichstag Service Centre for the same or next day. Bring ID.

ACTIVITIES

Berlin Craft Beer Experience £££ ( berlincraftbeerexperience.com; Warschauer Strasse U-Bahn)

Beer afcionado Clifton Kinchen leads insightful three-hour evening tours of the Berlin craft beer scene. You’ll visit three locations in Friedrichshain and/or Kreuzberg. The price includes three to fve sud samples.

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